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Mahavatar
Demo 2000
January 2001
Released: 2000, Independent
Rating: 2.7/5
Reviewer: EvilG

Mahavartar are a band fronted by Israeli vocalist Lizza Hayson who provides the band’s strongest point. When I first popped the CD in I had to double check to make sure that it was actually a woman on vocals because for the most part she does not sound like the typical female singer. She sings aggressively but still with melody. Her “softer” more melodic parts that sound female are what sound the best. Being able to mix it up with a near death metal styled growl is quite cool though. Also in the band is Jamaican guitarist is Karla Williams and Polish drummer Peter Lobodzinski. The style of metal played by the band is hard to nail down. The band’s bio says “Mahavatar play heavy, dark, melodic, groove-based tribal sounds with a touch of Middle Eastern flavour that culminates into an indisputable energy.” This is no doubt in part due to the various corners of the globe each member has come from. The strong mid-eastern influence appears primarily in the vocals for the song “The Time Has Come.” Adjectives such as heavy, dark, grooving are all appropriate. However, it is impossible to peg this band into just one style. The guitars take on a loose feel locking in nicely with the drums in slower to mid-paced tunes. The main thing missing in the music for me is lead guitar solos. I do not know about you, but if there are no leads, I am usually disappointed. If you would like to look up more information on Mahavatar drop by their webpage at http://www.mahavatar.net
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